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The ribbon was cut Tuesday on the new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' Buffalo Field Office. Guests celebrated both a new workspace and some new citizens.

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An historic event is in the works for the U.S.S. Little Rock at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

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Federal investigators announced Tuesday that a Clarence resident has been indicted for the alleged issuing of hundreds of thousands of illegal opioid prescriptions.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals decision issued last week a first of its kind ruling says it is sex discrimination to bar students from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity. The sided with a Virginia student, Gavin Grimm, who was born a girl, but now identifies as a boy. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley recently talked about transgender issues with some Cheektowaga Central High School students who weighed in on the use of restrooms.

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The Buffalo Public School District provides training for students with severe intellectual disabilities.  Young adults 18 to 21 years of age attend the School 42 Occupational Training Center at the Tri-Main Building. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says students receive a variety of experiences to become independent and employable. 

They lit six candles in somber remembrance of the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo in proclaiming the week of May 1 a week of remembrance of Holocaust victims.

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As rural roads and bridges continue to crumble, local officials seek ways to fund much-needed projects.

Karen DeWitt

While two major natural gas pipelines have been scrapped recently in New York, opposition is mounting against  a third, which would expand a line that is near the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant.

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A county lunch program is now available for seniors in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Schumer proposes stiff federal penalties for "swatters"

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It's a potentially expensive and dangerous practice, and it's on the rise. Senator Charles Schumer is introducing legislation that would create stiffer federal penalties for those convicted of what is known as "swatting."

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Saying that it has too many bases, the Pentagon is suggesting that some should be closed. However, there is pressure in Congress against closing any bases, like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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Buffalo has an incredibly rich music scene. Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata joins WBFO's Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass to talk about the May music issue.

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Senator Charles Schumer was in Buffalo on Monday, urging passage of emergency federal funding to counter the Zika virus. His visit came days after Niagara County announced its first confirmed case of the virus, which is linked to a serious birth defect.

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A young girl who was badly burned in a February fire in Buffalo has died. Treasure Brighon, 8, succumbed to her injuries Sunday at a Cincinnati hospital. 

Heritage Moments: Northeastern Ohio, Western New York, Paradise—The World of Charles Burchfield

Apr 25, 2016
Charles E. Burchfield, 1941. Photograph by Sally Burchfield (1925-2002). Burchfield Penney Art Center. Courtesy of Charlie Ferris.

“Get yourself to a vantage point of seclusion and view the world with your eyes alone. Think of the infinite spaces of the skies and the world beneath.” – Charles Burchfield’s Journals

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The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative's Success Looks Like Me project is helping some Buffalo Public high school students learn about STEM careers in the automotive world. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us this program provides low-income, minority students with a chance to interact with local and national leaders of color who are successful adults. 

Airport snow-busters gather in Buffalo

Apr 25, 2016
Robert Creenan

While most people are thinking spring, hundreds of self-proclaimed "snow bosses" at airports across the country are in Buffalo this week with winter on their minds.

The Buffalo Connection: David Milch

Apr 25, 2016
Jenna Schoenefeld

Tim O'Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country profiling people who were raised or educated in Western New York and have gone on to become pop culture influencers. His series is called The Buffalo Connection.


Ahoy all mariners - let the season begin.

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With the rising death toll from drug overdoses, researchers and doctors are looking for different ways to get people to kick the drug habit. Some are reporting short-term success with a new drug treatment that is blocking the high of drugs like heroin.

After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.


A tiny fish has been making a big splash in local aquatic research. The emerald shiner is the focus of a research project at Buffalo State’s Great Lakes Center. The bite-sized specimen is only a few inches long, but it plays a big role in the local aquatic system.

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The FBI has recognized a local judge for her work with Buffalo's growing and diverse immigrant community. WBFO's Chris Caya reports on the one-of-a-kind program that helps new arrivals navigate the legal system.

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In its effort to become increasingly bicycle-friendly, the City of Buffalo will add more bicycle lanes to city streets this year, with focus on a busy North Buffalo street.

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A fire on Sunday afternoon at the former Trinity Baptist church has resulted in the emergency demolition of a portion of the building.


If you have a fourth grader then now is the time to take advantage of the great outdoors.


The music director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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An shooting early Sunday in downtown Buffalo critically wounded a man.

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The 11th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes will be held Sunday. It's designed to create awareness among men of efforts to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

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A woman in Hamburg charged with a DWI in 2014 has beat the charge with a rare medical disorder.